A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in either economics, management, social sciences, physical sciences, geology, geography, environmental sciences, astronomy, biology, health sciences, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, engineering, business administration, or accounting and finance.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Months of entry
Training experts to meet the challenges of global climate change
This information refers to our campus programme. If you are looking for our online distance learning option, please see our other Carbon Management entry.
The MSc in Carbon Management is a landmark collaboration between the world-renowned Schools of Geosciences, Economics and the Business School at the University of Edinburgh. It provides students with expertise, knowledge and skills in the business, economics and science of carbon management.
Carbon management is now at the heart of tackling climate change and has rapidly become a central part of the global business environment. Edinburgh in particular has emerged as one of the most important global centres in this new discipline.
This innovative programme, taught by world-leading experts in key fields of climate change and carbon management, is for graduates who want an advanced academic qualification to launch careers in carbon and climate change management in business or government.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.
Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, may be required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Please see the fees and costs section for more information.
This MSc programme consists of two semesters of taught courses. Each course consists of a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and visits. Students will then undertake individual dissertation project work.
Compulsory courses typically will be:
- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
- Business and Climate Change
- Carbon Economics
- Climate Change Management
- Applied Carbon Methods
In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend
- Global Strategic Management Issues and Perspectives
- Marine Investments & Environment Change
- Low Carbon & Green Investment
- Baseline-and-credit Methods & Applications
- Energy & Society II, Methods & Applications
- Applications in Ecological Economics
- Waste Reduction & Recycling
- Water Resource Management
- Innovation in Sustainable Food Systems
- EU & National Climate Change Law
- Interrelationships in Food Systems
- Novel Strategies for Carbon Storage in Soil
- Novel Strategies in Sustainable Food Systems
Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.
If you are unable to commit to a full MSc at present, it is possible to study a Postgraduate Certificate by online distance learning:
Career opportunities A key strength of our programme is the employability of our graduates.
The programme has won the PricewaterhouseCoopers award for ‘Teaching Employable Skills’ as well as providing the opportunity to conduct business carbon audits, work on placements with major industry groups such as the 2020 Climate Group, and conduct dissertation research as part of work-based projects with a wide range of external collaborators.
Our graduates are enjoying roles ranging from government advisers and NGO researchers to renewable energy project developers and commercial carbon management consultants.
See what some of our MSc Carbon Management alumni are doing now: www.geos.ed.ac.uk/homes/dreay/msccarbon.html
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international
Fees and funding
Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Karolina Galera
- +44 (0) 131 650 2572